Arab Musiconomics, Culture, Copyright, and the Commons

Nagla Rizk

in The Development Agenda

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780195342109
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199866823 | DOI:
                      Arab Musiconomics, Culture, Copyright, and the Commons

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This chapter examines the Arab music industry in the light of the region's socio-cultural, economic, political, legal, and institutional realities. It sheds light on the current practices and value chains, with the objective of examining the role that copyright plays—or does not play—in this context. The focus is on two major groups: the pop stars and the underground musicians. The main hypothesis is that there actually prevails an informal, and sometimes illegal, commons in a system where significant monetary appropriation comes mostly from live performances, mainly weddings and public parties. Within the framework of economic, cultural, and institutional realities in the region, copyrighted items end up being used as reputation promoters. Based on the analysis presented, the chapter argues for acknowledging and formalizing the Arab commons. It also recommends finding new, alternative, and suitable business models as well as flexible intellectual property regimes that would promote access and contribution to Arabic musical content.

Keywords: music; Arab; Egypt; pop stars; record labels; IP; Internet

Chapter.  8616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Intellectual Property Law

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